Caffeine: The Bodybuilder’s Best Friend
Caffeine has been demonised over the last few years and wrongfully so.
It’s classed as a psychoactive drug and blocks the effects of adenosine which sends signals to your brain that you’re tired. This is why it makes you more alert. That mental clarity and focus is important when you train to enable you to get the most out of your workouts.
Studies by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had subjects not only increasing their one rep max, but were also able to do more reps on 80% of their 1RM if they had had a caffeinated drink one hour prior to training.
Caffeine also forces the body’s fat deposits to release into the bloodstream to be utilised for energy. It also raises the basal metabolic rate which in turn burns more body fat.
It also widens the airways in the lungs- and an increased oxygen uptake is important in any exercise regime. This goes hand in hand with the increased nitric oxide production which dilates the blood vessels promoting increased blood flow to the working muscles.
Caffeine can also boost glycogen storage and an Australian study showed that subjects who consumed caffeine with post workout carbs had a 70% in muscle glycogen levels that those who just consumed carbs.
No, we don’t have a coffee shop here at Broadway Gym, we just like coffee.